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Malpractice verdict contributes to hike in hospital's professional liability premium


WILLMAR -- A $23 million jury verdict in a malpractice case has contributed to bumping up Rice Memorial Hospital's professional liability insurance premiums by more than 50 percent.

The city-owned hospital was hit with the premium increase when its professional liability policy was renewed Aug. 1.

"It would be unrealistic to not expect a premium increase, given what happened," Dale Hustedt, chief administrative officer, said Friday. He called the case "catastrophic."

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Anne Polta

Anne Polta covers health care, business/economic development and general assignment. Her HealthBeat blog can be found at Follow her on Twitter at @AnnePolta.

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